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" Abhorring error is not necessarily positive. "
" There's some intimacy in reading, some thoughtfulness that doesn't exist in machine experiences. "
" My approach to being a self-taught programmer was to find out who was smart and who would be helpful, and these were - these are both men and women. And without learning from my co-workers, I never could've gone on in the profession as long as I did. "
" Technology does not run backward. Once a technical capability is out there, it is out there for good. "
" With code, what it means is what it does. It doesn't express, not really. It's a very bounded conversation. And writing is not bounded. That's what's hard about it. "
" People talk about computer programmers as if computers are our whole lives. That's simply not true. "
" I think technical people now should learn literature, because literature teaches you a great deal about how - the depths and variety of human imagination. "
" Evolution, dismissed as a sloppy programmer, has seen fit to create us as a wild amalgam of everything that came before us: except for the realm of insects, the whole history of life on earth is inscribed within our bodies. "
" Through the miracle of natural genetic recombination, each child, with the sole exception of an identical twin, is conceived as a unique being. Even the atmosphere of the womb works its subtle changes, and by the time we emerge into the light, we are our own persons. "
" We don't have to live up to our computer. "
" Y2K is showing everyone what technical people have been dealing with for years: the complex, muddled, bug-bitten systems we all depend on, and their nasty tendency toward the occasional disaster. "
" Before the advent of the Web, if you wanted to sustain a belief in far-fetched ideas, you had to go out into the desert, or live on a compound in the mountains, or move from one badly furnished room to another in a series of safe houses. "
" Software and digital devices are imbued with the values of their creators. "
" I'm a dark thoughts writer. "
" Computer systems could not work without standards - an agreement among programs and systems about how they will exchange information. "
" When I hear the word 'disruption,' in my mind, I think of all these people in the middle who were earning a living. We will sweep away all that money they were earning, and we will move that to the people at the top. "
" I'm a pessimist. But I think I'd describe my pessimism as broken-hearted optimism. "
" When I am around people I most admire, I tend to hug the wall. "
" The ability to 'multitask,' to switch rapidly among many competing focuses of attention, has become the hallmark of a successful citizen of the 21st century. "
" There is always one more bug to fix. "
" The condition of my personal workspace is my own business, as I see it. "
" I used to pass by a large computer system with the feeling that it represented the summed-up knowledge of human beings. It reassured me to think of all those programs as a kind of library in which our understanding of the world was recorded in intricate and exquisite detail. "
" No one in the government is seriously penalized when Social Security numbers are stolen and misused; only the number-holders suffer. "
" I feel the best villains are the ones you have feelings for. "
" When you lose your Visa card, you get a new card with a new number, and any new charges with the old number are blocked. Why can't we do the same with Social Security numbers? "
" I fear for the world the Internet is creating. "
" Closed environments dominated the computing world of the 1970s and early '80s. An operating system written for a Hewlett-Packard computer ran only on H.P. computers; I.B.M. controlled its software from chips up to the user interfaces. "
" When knowledge passes into code, it changes state; like water turned to ice, it becomes a new thing, with new properties. We use it, but in a human sense, we no longer know it. "
" It had to happen to me sometime: sooner or later, I would have to lose sight of the cutting edge. That moment every technical person fears - the fall into knowledge exhaustion, obsolescence, techno-fuddy-duddyism - there was no reason to think I could escape it forever. "
" Even simple fixes can bring the whole system down. "
" Internet voting is surely coming. Though online ballots cannot be made secure, though the problems of voter authentication and privacy will remain unsolvable, I suspect we'll go ahead and do it anyway. "